By Susan Steffen - Kraft
It was 1963, and 4 airmen are going deep sea fishing. They headed through the Village of Antioch, Turkey. The weather turned bad and they turned around to go back to the base. The bridge was about 300 feet long and as they approached the bridge they saw quite a few children playing who were away from the village on that far end of the bridge. Being as the airmen were out of town they were going about 50 miles an hour. A little boy (5 years old) ran across the road. Then suddenly he turned and darted back.
It was an accident that they struck him. He was dead when they checked. But the Antioch Villagers did not care. They picked up stones to kill the unarmed airmen! Someone luckily had gone to get the Turkish army from nearby. They showed up and drove the villagers off. The airmen were put all day into a jail. The Air Force boys came and retrieved all but the driver who was there 2-3 days longer. My client left the country and was never notified what happened to the driver. He was very happy to leave.
My client told me he never wanted to go back to that area and from what he heard nothing about the people and the culture has changed in the last 50 years. I agreed with him. It is still very backwards there in many ways. Certain things in their culture has not progressed in many ways. Their religion has not allowed that to happen. I believe that we needed to protect those men just as we should have in Benghazi, but then this begs the question, should we be there at all? I do not believe we should.
As my client put it, they have been fighting and having wars over there forever. Why bother to stop it. He is right. It has never changed, and on the surface it seems so sometimes. But underneath it is still turbulent with hate, suspicion, and a religious cultural ignorance. We can only defeat that through being a good example to them and to the world! There are those who have become Christians and are decent enough people! But they themselves are not always safe. We have no reason to be over there trying to correct a problem that has existed forever. We can try and change through force but is that not what the Catholic Church did in the Dark Ages as an example? Is that not what has been done by other countries and other religions forever? People only comply and obey out of fear; not because they have changed on the inside. When they change and not out of fear, we know they have truly changed.
What a better world it would be!